The One With Kitchen at W Hotel Hong Kong – A Star-Studded Service

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

It was a family-oriented Saturday afternoon, so you’ll have to excuse the lack of an ambiance with that many kids around. A consolation though was the sweeping view of the harbour. It helped that we were seated by the window.

I took one look at the buffet table and decided to go against the crowd mentality of everyone else whom were digging into the buffet line like there’s no tomorrow, and we went ala carte instead.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

To start off with I had a generous, almost-full glass of the bubbly and dry Chandon Brut Australia. My other half opted for the sweet but slightly-too-strong Bellini, but they made a great start for the meal and the ensuing conversation.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

The bread – of olives and sun-dried tomatoes – was served warm, if a bit dry.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

The seafood glamour for 2 drew impressed gasps from the neighbouring tables. The wide array of seafood was served in a tower of trays. The simply blanched shrimps were fresh, sweet and in no need of sauce. Boston lobsters were decent, though one wondered if they were simply thawed from frozen packs. The Alaskan king crab legs were simply too salty, and the seasonal oysters were lacking depth and freshness.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

However, stealing the show was definitely the two large blue points crabs, which were so packed with roe it got me seriously worried about cholesterol level. In conclusion, the seafood tower was quite a bit of a hit and miss for us.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

The inner Mongolian lamb rack consisted of six pieces of garlic-grilled meat, done medium. Two different types of mustard were served separately which we appreciated, though for me they were certainly not needed. The mutton fats – my favorite bit – seemed to melt into the meat, giving a nice burst of flavour. The crusted skin gives the meat an interesting twist in texture, though a lighter hand with the salt would have set off the whole thing nicely.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

We “made it surf and turf” by adding on two jumbo tiger prawns, which – after all things considered – were the best executed dish for the afternoon. The decently sized prawns were grilled perfectly while retaining that slightly charred taste, a personal favourite. The succulent, sweet meat was generously portioned and made it a nice end to the meal.

Kitchen @ W Hotel Hong Kong

What I can totally vouch for was the level of service at Kitchen. Just like my other experiences at W Hotels, the service crew was legendary. There was so mix up with my reservations, and the enquiry for my booking information went from the front desk to the crew leader to the restaurant manager and finally to the marketing team, whom resolved my situation in an instance. The waiter whom attended to my table introduce himself to us right from the beginning, was never lack of a smile and I was charmed thoroughly. Top mark for hospitality – the W crew put the WOW back in the W.

Verdict? More-than-decent food, though it was the service staff that took home our highest compliments.

Kitchen @ W Hotel
6/F, W Hotel
1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3717 2299
Opening Hours: Mon.-Sun. 06:30-23:00
www.w-hongkong.com/en/kitchen

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